Whitby Beach

Whitby beach is located just a stones throw away from one of the most visited seaside towns in the UK. Whitby is famed for its connections to Dracula, the stunning remains of Whitby Abbey and of course, the 199 steps, which should be tackled only by the brave (and fit!).

About Whitby Beach


West Cliff Beach, Whitby is just a short distance from the town centre and visible from the top of the famous 199 steps. If you want to navigate straight to Whitby’s West Cliff Beach or Whitby seafront, you can pop this postcode into your navigation system: Pier Road, North Yorkshire, Whitby, YO21 3PT.

Located just 0.5 miles from Whitby town centre, Whitby beach is much more peaceful than the busier beaches in Scarborough and Bridlington, so ideal if you want to enjoy a quiet stroll or let the kids run off some steam.

During your visit to Whitby beach, you can take a walk down the pier, as long as the weather permits, so you can get a full panoramic view of the beach and the town.

The walk from the town centre should only take around 10 minutes, and its in close proximity to both the train and bus station in Whitby.

Getting to Whitby Beach

Whitby beach is easily accessible from major routes in to Whitby, either from the North East or further afield in Yorkshire.

On foot

One of the nicest ways to visit Whitby beach is on foot from Whitby town centre. You can walk down towards the harbour, passing the independent ice cream parlours, fish & chip restaurants and arcades on your way. Whitby is a small town, so getting around on foot is easy, for all abilities. You can also walk to nearby Sandsend beach which should only take around 40 minutes.

By car

Whitby is easily accessible by car from the North East (Middlesbrough area) as well as Yorkshire, with main roads into Whitby (A171 and A174).

There are car parks located close to Whitby beach, including Pavilion car park (Cleveland Way, Whitby YO21 3HA), which overlooks the beach itself. Slightly further up the cliff, you can choose from North Terrace car park (West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EL) or West Cliff car park (Royal Crescent, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EG). Both are pay and display car parks, allowing you to spend several hours at Whitby beach.

By bus

You can travel to Whitby by bus, either using Whitby’s park & ride facility or directly from nearby towns such as Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Grosmont, Robin Hoods Bay and Sleights.

By train

With Whitby train station located right in the centre of the town, it’s easy to travel to the quaint seaside town without packing up the car.

For a more unique and enjoyable experience, you can also travel by steam train using the North Yorkshire Moors Railway service, which has several trains heading to Whitby on a daily basis.

Facilities at Whitby Beach

Whitby beach is close to most of the facilities you could need during your visit. There’s plenty of shops, arcades, restaurants, cafes, public conveniences and transport links.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are located at West Cliff and Pier Road, but there’s also toilets closer to the town centre, located at Market Place.

Washing facilities: There are no showers, but you can use the toilets to get some fresh water to wash away the sand.

Cafe’s/Restaurants: There’s a wide range of cafes and restaurants all within a 10 minute walk from Whitby beach. We recommend trying one of the local fish & chip restaurants such as Magpie Cafe or Papas Fish & Chips. Other places you can eat in Whitby include:

  1. The Moon and Sixpence – is a gastropub offering a range of British and European cuisine.
  2. Trenchers – probably more one for an evening meal, Trenchers is a seafood restaurant on the seafront.
  3. Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash – if you want some truly British grub, Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash serves, you guessed it…. traditional English pies, mash, and gravy.
  4. Botham’s of Whitby – slightly outside of Whitby in Sleights, Botham’s is a popular café and bakery selling cakes, bread, and other baked goods.
  5. The Fisherman’s Wife – Fisherman’s Wife is a traditional fish and chip shop and restaurant.

Shops: Whitby town centre is just a 10 minute walk away where you will find plenty of shops and boutiques, including a Co-op, Heron Foods and Yorkshire Trading Company.

Are dogs allowed at Whitby Beach?

Dogs are not permitted on West Cliff Beach, Whitby between 30th September to 1st May, so if you want to exercise your dog during these months, you will need to head further North past the restriction signs. Between 1st October and 30th April, dogs are permitted on Whitby beach.

What is there to do at Whitby Beach?

Whitby beach has traditional donkey rides as well as fairground rides to keep the younger ones entertained. For the more adventurous, there’s a surf school located right on the beach so you can learn to catch some waves.

If you want to head further into the town centre and explore what’s on offer, there is plenty to see and do in Whitby, including:

  1. Whitby Abbey – is a ruined 7th-century abbey on a cliff overlooking the town. You can access Whitby Abbey via the 199 steps from the town centre, or you can drive up to Abbey Headland car park and walk through the visitor centre from there.
  2. Whitby Harbour – located close to Whitby beach, the harbour is a great place to sit and relax, watching the small fishing boats coming and going.
  3. Captain Cook Memorial Museum – If you’re interested in the history of Whitby, Captain Cook Memorial Museum is dedicated to the life and voyages of Captain Cook, who began his career in Whitby.
  4. St. Mary’s Church – St Mary’s Church is a historic church with connections to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  5. Whalebone Arch – aside from Whitby Abbey, the whalebone arch is one of the most photographed places in the town, as it offers spectacular views across the coast.

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